UCD offers wonderful opportunities to young musicians and actors through the UCD Ad Astra Performing Arts Scholarship Programme. Applications are encouraged from top performing students who wish to continue to develop their artistic talents while at the same time pursuing a high-quality academic experience. UCD does not require applicants to follow a performance-related degree course and actively encourages applications from talented performing artists whatever degree they choose.

We believe that young vocalists, instrumentalists and actors who may have decided not to pursue a performance-related degree, but who have exceptional talent, should be given the opportunity to continue to train and perform at the highest level within the university environment. The UCD Ad Astra Performing Arts Scholarships are awarded, on an application and merit basis, to students who demonstrate talent and dedication to their art alongside commitment to their chosen academic degree.

Watch a recent recording of our Ad Astra musical scholars performing in the Hugh Lane Gallery‌. The full length performance can be watched by clicking here.


Mr Tony Carey Director,

UCD Ad Astra Performing Arts Scholars.